What Does The Word Holy Mean? Bible Definition of Holy

What is Holy

God is holy but what exactly does the word holy mean?  What does the Bible define as holy?Root Word for Holy The Hebrew word for holy is “qodesh” and means “apartness, set-apartness, separateness, sacredness” and I would add that it should also be “otherness, transcendent and totally other” because God is totally above His creation and His creatures, including us.  Holy has the idea of heaviness or weight of glory.  In the New Testament, the word for holy is “hagios” and means set apart, rev … [Read more...]

Who Was Timothy In the Bible? A Character Study

Who is Timothy

There are two books in the Bible with Timothy’s name on them.  Why was his name on them?  Who was Timothy?  Why did Paul write these letters to Timothy and do they give us a clue as to who he was?Letters or Epistles to Books of the Bible When Paul wrote letters to the church his letters became part of the cannon of the Bible.  That is, they were accepted as Scripture and part of the New Testament and with the Old Testament, became part of the Bible.  Paul wrote letters to the churches at Rom … [Read more...]

What Does Reverence Mean? Bible Definition of Reverence

What does reverence mean

What does reverence mean?  How does the Bible define reverence?  Let’s examine the Scriptures to see.Root Meaning of Reverence The Hebrew word for fear is “yare” and it literally means “to fear, be afraid, or to revere.”  Other meanings of this word in Hebraic (Qal) are to “stand in awe, to have a deep respect or honor.”  As for the way the word fear is used in the New Testament Greek, “phobe” from which we get the word phobia, means to “put to flight by terrifying, to flee, or be afraid” bu … [Read more...]

What Is the Message Bible? Should This Be Used By Christians?

What is the Message Bible

Have you heard of The Message Bible?  Should Christians use this translation?  Here is an examination of a translation of the Bible called The Message.The Message Bible The Message Bible is a Bible with contemporary language and tends to paraphrase many of the Scriptures.  That presents a problem.  Here is an example from John 10:30 where most translations say;“I and the Father are one” but The Message has it “The Father and I are one heart and mind.” This is true but this is now what … [Read more...]

What Is A Parable? A Bible Definition

What is a Parable

Jesus gives us many parables in the Bible.  What is a parable?  Why does He use parables…to hide or clarify the meaning?Parables The word parable is from the root word “paraballo” or in the Greek “parabole.” This compound word comes from “para” which means “to come along side or compare” and “ballo” which literally means “to throw” or “see” with.  The parables are used in giving one or more instructional lessons or principles and can be an allegory and may include inanimate objects (like tre … [Read more...]

What Does Praying Without Ceasing Mean in the Bible?

Praying Without Ceasing

Paul speaks about praying without ceasing or stopping?  How is this possible in the life of the Christian?  Let’s examine from the Bible what it means to pray without ceasing.What is Prayer? I know this sounds like a question that is obvious, but permit me to go a bit deeper on what the word prayer means.  Prayer is not repeating a bunch of words using language that goes over certain words to make them sound grand.  Prayer is really just talking to God.  It is speaking with God, reverently o … [Read more...]